On 20 April 2023, the European Commission published a fact sheet with an updated state of play regarding the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
The New Pact on Migration and Asylum was proposed by the Commission in September 2020 as a ‘new EU framework that manages and normalises migration for the long term’. It builds on a package of reforms proposed in 2016 to address unprecedented levels of irregular migration and asylum seekers in the EU. The New Pact is an approach that aims to address the many different elements needed for a comprehensive way forward for European Union member states. This newly published fact sheet provides a clear look at many of the components of the pact and their current state of progress.
Since 2016, over 20 legal and policy instruments related to migration and asylum have been developed at EU level. Two are ready to be adopted but have not been, both of which were proposed in 2016, and 10 plans and procedures remain still to be adopted.
In terms of EU legislative proposals, the establishment of a European Union Agency for Asylum and the Blue Card Directive aimed at assisting employers in recruiting from outside the EU by making processes easier and more accessible have both been adopted by the Council and the European Parliament.
Proposals on for a revised Qualifications Directive, Reception Conditions Directive and a Resettlement Framework for resettling recognised refugees from outside EU territory have all reached political agreement and are ready to be adopted. The remaining 9 proposals have not yet been adopted, but have seen progress in either the adoption of negotiating mandates or the initiation of trialogues. Among the proposals on which trialogues are due to commence or have already commenced between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission are the Screening Regulation, the Asylum Procedures Regulation and the Eurodac Regulation.
For more information:
- Fact Sheet: New Pact on Migration and Asylum
- New Pact on Migration and Asylum
- EU pact on migration and asylum: State of play